9th Globe Media Excellence Awards launching

9th GMEA to honor journalists, content creators

Globe continues to celebrate and promote press freedom through the 9th Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA). GMEA recognizes media practitioners and content creators from Visayas and Mindanao who excelled in their field of work amid the challenges posed by the global health crisis. The theme for this year is Padayon Digital—a play on the Visayan word, padayon, which means to continue. It is a tribute … Continue reading 9th GMEA to honor journalists, content creators

5 P’s of emergency preparedness

Smart brings first-ever virtual Disaster Preparedness Caravan to Visayas Do you know the 5 P’s of emergency preparedness? They are Pray, Plan, Prepare, Practice and PPE. This is one of the safety and emergency response tips during the #SafePH disaster preparedness virtual caravan by PLDT Inc. wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. “The #SafePH caravan is our way of building a culture of readiness among Filipinos, … Continue reading 5 P’s of emergency preparedness

WVs robusta coffee beans graded fine, premium

PCQC aims to place the country’s coffee production in the global coffee industry Western Visayas’ coffee industry could start creating its own brand after its robusta coffee beans were graded as fine and premium. The recognition came during the 2021 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC), an annual event of government agencies and the private sector which seeks to identify the best specialty coffees in the … Continue reading WVs robusta coffee beans graded fine, premium

Strict implementation of reverse isolation urged

This is to manage the surge of Covid-19 cases in Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. reiterated the strict implementation of reverse isolation measures to manage the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province of Iloilo. Defensor issued a memorandum to the mayors, punong barangays, BHERTS, and local task forces to strictly implement detection and isolation especially at the household level. The governor stressed on the … Continue reading Strict implementation of reverse isolation urged

Iloilo Province economic enterprise, tax collection most efficient in WV

The award came from the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) VI The province of Iloilo ranked first in terms of collection efficiency in economic enterprise, business tax and other taxes for Fiscal Year 2020 among Western Visayas provinces. The Provincial Treasurer’s Office collected a total of P700,260,419.03 in economic enterprise or a collection efficiency of 248%, exceeding BLGF’s annual target of P282,435,294 for FY … Continue reading Iloilo Province economic enterprise, tax collection most efficient in WV

Social pension distribution for elderly 93% complete

Each person receives from DSWD6 P500 per month which is equivalent to P3,000 in a semester or P6,000 a year The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in region 6 has completed the distribution of Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) stipend in Aklan and Guimaras Provinces and in Bacolod City. “We are glad that the elderly in Aklan, Guimaras and Bacolod … Continue reading Social pension distribution for elderly 93% complete

DTI reviews coffee and cacao industry in Region 6

The Department of Trade Region 6’s Cacao and Coffee Industry Clusters revisited the mission, vision, goals and strategies identified in these particular industry roadmaps, including the action plan for 2021-2022. DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said that the Review and Updating of the Regional Cacao and Coffee Roadmaps held last May 20 and 21 would firm up commitment of industry organizations, national government … Continue reading DTI reviews coffee and cacao industry in Region 6

Cebu Landmasters posts strong Q1 2021 numbers

Net income grew year-on-year by 12% Cebu Landmasters Inc., leading developer in Visayas and Mindanao delivered robust growth in the first quarter of 2021 posting a 25% year-on-year increase in net income attributable to parent of P714 million. Meanwhile consolidated net income grew year-on-year by 12% to P725.2 million on the back of consolidated revenues of P2.35 billion, which is 11% more than year-ago figures. … Continue reading Cebu Landmasters posts strong Q1 2021 numbers

Iloilo Province supports halt in sugar exportation to the US

The Sugar Regulatory Administration has already intervened in the plight of the sugarcane farmers by issuing an order to stop the exportation of sugar to the United States. The decision to stop the exportation of class ‘A’ sugar is contained in the issued Sugar Order No. 1-A, Series of 2020-21 of Sugar Regulatory Administration that amended the Sugar Order No. 1, Series of 2020-21 regarding … Continue reading Iloilo Province supports halt in sugar exportation to the US

SSFs back on track, gov’t assistance continues

SSF stands for Shared Service Facilities Notwithstanding the impact of the pandemic on business activities, the DTI continues to monitor the operation and extend assistance needed by shared service facilities (SSF) cooperators throughout the country. According to the report conducted by the DTI Bureau of SME Development (BSMED), most of the SSFs were affected by the pandemic but restarted to full and/or partial operations as … Continue reading SSFs back on track, gov’t assistance continues

Iloilo City receives 14 handwashing facilities

The fight against the dreaded Corona Virus Disease goes on in Iloilo City To assist the urban city and its populace, the Iloilo Caucus of Development NGO’s (Iloilo CODE-NGOs) led partner organizations, with its sub-grant project from ReachHealth-USAID, distributed and set up 14 handwashing stations in identified sites. These included two Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) for COVID 19, four major markets and eight … Continue reading Iloilo City receives 14 handwashing facilities

Iloilo Province expands sports varsity program

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education for the implementation of the provincial government’s expanded sports varsity program. DepEd Division of Iloilo Superintendent Dr. Roel Bermejo and Iloilo Sports Development and Management Office (ISDMO) head Dr. Janelyn Fundal joined the MOA signing. The varsity program covered an initial of 15 recipient schools – 12 in high school … Continue reading Iloilo Province expands sports varsity program

Iloilo Governor forms 24/7 Civil Defense Operations Center

Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. has converted the Governor’s Boardroom into a 24/7 Civil Defense Operations Center (CDOC) to beef up the provincial government’s response to disasters and emergencies. Defensor said he wanted the CDOC to be beside his office so that he could directly monitor and supervise its operation. The CDOC will be equipped with radio communication equipment and television monitors that will be used … Continue reading Iloilo Governor forms 24/7 Civil Defense Operations Center

Iloilo Province’s program to support mental health

Program for Resilience of Iloilo in Mind and Emotion (PRIME) The Iloilo provincial government launched a program to promote the psychosocial well-being of Ilonggos amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program for Resilience of Iloilo in Mind and Emotion (PRIME) is part of the recovery plan of the provincial government. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said it is not only enough that we revive the economy but … Continue reading Iloilo Province’s program to support mental health

BDO Cash Agad partner agent Roselyn Abela of FBA Merchandise

Cash Agad: Your partner for recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic had severe effects on families and communities in the country because of the disruption of their livelihoods. Many businesses shut down, causing widespread loss of jobs. Those who are still earning an income could not so easily access their cash at banks and ATMs because public transportation was shutdown during the lockdown and quarantine periods. Still, some residents were fortunate that there … Continue reading Cash Agad: Your partner for recovery

MORE Power completes 69kV line transfer at ISAT-U

MORE Power has finally completed the relocation of a 69kV line from an overpass linking the two campuses of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) in La Paz district . “MORE installed an intermediate pole in order to clear, as per the school’s request, an overpass bridge that crosses the highway and links their two campuses,” said Engr. Paterno Cabangisan, MORE Power’s Head of Transmission … Continue reading MORE Power completes 69kV line transfer at ISAT-U

New seagrass species thrive in Boracay

An environmental team has discovered a new seagrass species in the island of Boracay. A team of professionals from the Dagatnon Environmental Consulting Services who were tapped by Conservation Development Division (CDD) of the DENR 6 has identified the new species as Halophila spinulosa. Halophila spinulosa has tiny leaves that grow in opposite pairs on a long thin stem forming a flat fern-like overall shape. … Continue reading New seagrass species thrive in Boracay

Banana leaves as dining plates

Straws, cups, utensils and even plates –these are just some of the home essentials we could not share to another individual for sanitation and health reasons. And with the pandemic, these utensils need to come in handy and reusable to one person especially at work. In one of their field visits and site inspections of NGP areas in the province of Aklan, personnel of the … Continue reading Banana leaves as dining plates

Oil-spill affected residents get relief goods from AC Energy

Close to one month after the oil spill in Lapuz, the affected residents who have returned home continue to receive assistance from AC Energy Philippines. Recently, AC Energy Philippines turned over 1,500 fortified meal packs for the residents of Bo. Obrero, Mandurriao, and Jaro districts. Each pack that can feed 8-12 persons contains rice, soy, dried vegetables, and fruits enriched with vitamins and minerals. The … Continue reading Oil-spill affected residents get relief goods from AC Energy

DTI aims to triple sales of Miag-ao weavers

The SSF was established for the hablon weavers in the community The production and sales of Miag-ao weavers are seen to triple with the launching of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) for the town’s weavers. DTI Iloilo OIC-Provincial Director Felisa Judith Degala led the soft-launching of the SSF for the Upgrading of Loomweaving Center in Brgy. Baraclayan, Miag-ao, Iloilo on July 22, … Continue reading DTI aims to triple sales of Miag-ao weavers

Megaworld launches 20-storey The Pinnacle in Iloilo

New dev’t to generate P1.5-billion in residential sales Property giant Megaworld is expanding its residential portfolio inside its 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park township in Iloilo City. The company recently launched its 6th residential development, The Pinnacle, right along the prestigious row of hotels and corporate towers in the township. This will add 574 residential units to the 1,741 units in the current residential inventory in … Continue reading Megaworld launches 20-storey The Pinnacle in Iloilo

MORE Power earns praise for modernization program

Business and transport groups praised More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) as the power company strives to improve Iloilo City’s electricity distribution system. The Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILEDF) and Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA) cited MORE Power’s effort to correct the current state of disrepair of the city’s electricity distribution system, which they said naturally resulted in … Continue reading MORE Power earns praise for modernization program

Iloilo flights to resume but with seat cap

Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and airline companies agreed to resume flights at the Iloilo International Airport but with limited passengers. Only 1,500 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Manila will be allowed to return home to Iloilo every week. Under the proposal, the 1,500 passengers will be equally divided among the three airlines … Continue reading Iloilo flights to resume but with seat cap

Iloilo City to connect all bike lanes

The Iloilo City Government will interconnect bike lanes all over the metropolis for easier and safer mobility of those biking to work and back home. Biking has been running as a convenient option amid COVID-19 pandemic which has paralyzed portions of public transport. There has been reduced passenger capacity to half in compliance with physical distancing to prevent possible spread of COVID-19. Mayor Jerry P. … Continue reading Iloilo City to connect all bike lanes

Coco coir as road ramp sanitizers

Creativity and entrepreneurship always walk together. In Antique province, locals rose up in the spirit of bayanihan along with many civic groups to curb the spread of the Covid -19. The province has consistently produced examples of community industry initiatives, providing contributions from local skills. Callan Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Livelihood Association The Callan Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Livelihood Association, a homegrown association in Brgy. … Continue reading Coco coir as road ramp sanitizers

Police to adopt Iloilo’s poorest villages amid COVID-19

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office has adopted poor Ilonggo families in order for them to survive the enhanced community quarantine during COVID-19 pandemic. Iloilo’s top cop, Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, said that they will adopt one barangay in every town by providing them with additional food supply while the ECQ has been extended until April 30, 2020. The identification of the poorest barangays will be … Continue reading Police to adopt Iloilo’s poorest villages amid COVID-19

From recovery to healing, abused persons take refuge in DSWD centers

ILOILO CITY – Physical pain hurts. Emotional, verbal, psychological pain, more than the physical though, creates a more agonizing trauma. Worst, some of our residents are sexually abused. This is the world of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI team at the Centers and Institutions, particularly at the Home for Girls and Regional Center for Women. These are mostly ladies … Continue reading From recovery to healing, abused persons take refuge in DSWD centers

SAP for 4Ps beneficiaries in WV now available

The beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Western Visayas can now withdraw their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) grant. “While the money is in their cash cards, we would like to remind the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya to observe social distancing and wear masks when they withdraw. Please do not compromise your health,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre of DSWD Field Office … Continue reading SAP for 4Ps beneficiaries in WV now available

Iloilo Province gives P1M aid to LGUs for COVID-19 response

The Iloilo provincial government is extending P1 million financial assistance to local government units to support them in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said this is to capacitate the 42 towns and one component city in providing relief and transportation assistance to those affected by the enhanced community quarantine. He recognized that the LGUs are draining their resources … Continue reading Iloilo Province gives P1M aid to LGUs for COVID-19 response